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CRA-Logoset-02It’s been announced today that we’ve been nominated for 2 Community Radio Awards – we’re very excited! We’re shortlisted in 2 categories – Community Development Project of the Year – for shows highlighting homelessness and recovery in Wrexham & Live Event of the Year – for our Focus Wales Takeover.

The Community Radio Awards have been setup to celebrate community radio and all the hard work and time that the volunteers involved in community radio put into their stations, shows and communities.

We’re very excited to be nominated and it’s all down to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. The winners will be announced on 10 September. Fingers crossed!

To find out more about the Community Radio Awards visit

The Creative Media Technology Department at Glyndwr University helped out massively with our Focus Wales coverage. Find out more about what the department do here or come and speak to them at the next Glyndwr University Open Day.

summer of loveWrexham four piece GALLOPS will reunite to play their first hometown show in over two years as part of the ‘Summer of Love’ festival taking place on Friday & Saturday the 9th & 10th September 2016.

GALLOPS formed in Wrexham in 2007 and have since toured across the globe, taking in tours of China, Japan and Europe and festivals in the USA.

Between 2007 and 2013 they released 3 records on the UK experimental label Blood and Biscuits (Three Trapped Tigers, The Physics House Band, Múm, Sleep Party People) and were championed on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6Music and a variety of high profile publications, including and as diverse as VICE, Line Of Best Fit and MOJO Magazine, to name but a few.

The band have recently recorded a new album and are looking forward to kicking off their latest phase with a first hometown show for over two years at ‘Summer Of Love’

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File photo dated 20/08/1993 of Colin Jackson celebrates winning the 110m Hurdles in Stuttgart. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday August 16, 2013. An Olympic gold eluded him, but Jackson won two world titles over the 110m hurdles as well as Olympic silver. His 1993 world record stood for 13 years. See PA story ATHLETICS World Greatest. Photo credit should read: Adam Butler/PA Wire

Welsh sporting legend Colin Jackson is among the honorary fellows to be celebrated by Wrexham Glyndwr University this autumn.

The former 110 metres hurdles world record holder was nominated for Services to Sport and will appear at the University on Wednesday, October 26.

An Olympic silver medallist in 1988, Mr Jackson went on to become a two-time world and Commonwealth champion and four-time European champion, having remained unbeaten in 44 races during 1993-1995.

Since hanging up his spikes he has carved out a successful career in the media and is currently in Rio covering the Olympic Games.

He was also a runner-up on the hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing in 2005.

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The University – which purchased the landmark in 2011, saving it from possible extinction – has handed operational control of the ground over to the football club from today (August 1) as part a 99-year lease.

University Chancellor, Maxine Penlington OBE, Vice-Chancellor Professor Maria Hinfelaar and Gavin Jones and chairman Peter Jones from Wrexham Supporters Trust (WST) joined forces at the University to put pen to paper on the business purchase agreement and lease.

Lynda Powell, Director of Operations at Wrexham Glyndwr University, said: “We are pleased to have entered into an agreement  for the sale and purchase of the stadium business, alongside the 99-year lease of the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium to Wrexham AFC.

“The University will remain as freeholders of the stadium but Wrexham AFC now has the security of having a very long lease and will also be able to capitalise on conferencing, catering and event opportunities.

“We will continue to work closely together to ensure a smooth transition for the benefit of the town, from a sporting, academic and social perspective, and wish Wrexham AFC the best of luck for the future.”

Gavin Jones added: “We are delighted that we have now exchanged contracts and have control of our historic home. We would like to thank Wrexham Glyndwr for their hard work in pulling this deal together.”


3. the joy formidable  @ CentralThis week, tickets went on sale for the seventh edition of FOCUS Wales, the music, arts and interactive festival that takes place each spring in Wrexham, North Wales.

The previous event took place in May of this year and has been described by the organisers as being the most successful to date. A spokesman for FOCUS Wales said:

“This has been by far and away the most successful edition of the festival ever! We’re really looking forward to building on this year’s success and making 2017 even more special’.

The 2016 event saw in excess of 7000 people (almost a 50% increase compared to 2015 figures) descend on Wrexham for the four day music and arts extravaganza – which took in performances from over 200 music acts, including The Joy Formidable, The Magic Numbers, Welsh Music Prize winner Gwenno, The Sunshine Underground, Los Campesinos! As well as a huge selection of the finest new artists from the Welsh music scene and around the world. There were also keynote talks and panel discussions, featuring New Order and Joy Division founding member Peter Hook, punk icon Viv Albertine and representatives of music companies from around the world, including SXSW (USA), Festival No 6 (UK), Music Ontario (CAN) and lots more.

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